Even the best laid plans go awry, Jim Rutherford knows, but the alternatives can sometimes unearth hidden treasures.
The Carolina general manager couldn’t cajole the big kahuna (a top-four defenseman traded by a willing team) to take his bait (the fifth-overall selection in Sunday’s draft). Rutherford didn’t scamper around the Prudential Center floor Sunday at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft with the fruitless abandon of Captain Ahab. Instead, he plunged mesh into water and netted both a savvy Swedish center and a blue liner capable of manning a top-four post.
The Hurricanes kept their first-round pick, drafted Elias Lindholm from the Swedish Elite League and swapped the regressive Jamie McBain and a second-round pick for Buffalo defenseman Andrej Sekera. It wasn’t the tantalizing bounty that Rutherford once hoped to reap by parlaying the fifth-overal pick into an established defenseman — it was, the Canes hope, one of those hidden treasures.
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